Britain’s sexist campaign to sell computers
The history of British computing is rooted in discriminations that continue to have a negative effect today. By exploiting women, British companies gained all the benefits of powerful mainframes with little labour overhead — and no long-term commitment to their computing workforce. In this excerpt from Mar Hicks' book "Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing", published in The MIT Press Reader, the technology historian describes why the "story of British women in computing is one of labour devaluation and sexism that ultimately led to the downfall of a strong national computing industry, and was detrimental to a nation’s overall fortunes."
From MIT Press Reader